LFW delivers drama, America’s got talent, China’s blingdom, Gilt considers IPO, Fashion and immigration

L-R Issa, Topshop Unique, and House of Holland | Source: IHT

Catherine Versus Kate (IHT) “The marriages this year of Kate and Kate — the future Princess Catherine and the rock-on model Kate Moss — are stirring excitement in Britain… [LFW] is doing its best to deliver. As the liveliest city in the lineup of autumn 2011 show locations, there are designers to suit every need, from royal wedding to Goth glamour.” America’s got talent (FT) “The British may be invading the

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Valli’s Paris emporium, DVF does China, Gilt-edged friendship, eBay buys Brands4friends, Seamless Sabyasachi

Giambattista Valli Store, Paris | Source: Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli: “True Luxury Is When Others Come To You” (Style.com) “There’s something about Giambattista Valli’s clothes that is so fundamentally optimistic, they’ve got you at hello,” said Style.com’s Tim Blanks—and last week, the designer opened his first Paris boutique, in the centuries-old Galerie de la Madeleine.” Diane Von Furstenberg and China: A Perfect Fit? (NY Times) “Today, there are roughly three

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Risking Barneys’ cool, Moncler fights fakes, Gilt goes full price, Yoox to open in China, First look at Tom Ford

Judy Collinson with Julie Gilhart | Source: Rodim

Will Top Firings Change Barneys’ Cool? (On the Runway) “Increasing Barneys’ profitability was a prime objective… The recession forced retailers to become leaner and more competitive, in particular with online sales, and that urgency will be critical to Barneys’ cool.” Moncler fights against fakes (Fashion United) “The Italian Fashion Chamber is joining Moncler and also stepping up against fakes…

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Lam’s eBay launch, Upbeat holiday outlook, Gilt looks West, LVMH to continue Hermès spree, The last Moss

Derek Lam | Source: Derek Lam

Derek Lam launches crowd-sourced collection on eBay (The Cut) “Upon the collection’s initial unveiling, anyone with Internet access will be able to vote immediately for their favorite looks online to determine what goes into production.” U.S. luxury, dept stores set for Xmas bounce (Reuters) “Luxury and department stores will be the biggest beneficiary of expected growth in the U.S. retail market this

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Uniqlo’s social business, ASOS founder cashes in, Inditex into Antipodes, Liberty’s grand plan, Launching Gilt

Liberty's Perspective by Hanslip M. Fletcher c. 1924| Source: vamac

Uniqlo Healing Social Problems With Hipster T-Shirts (Fast Company) “Fast Retailing Co., the company behind the Uniqlo clothing chain, has established a new, wholly-owned subsidiary that’s going to expand its enterprise with a ‘social business’ in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.” Asos co-founder cashes in as profits jump (Guardian) “Online retailer Asos sees first-quarter sales rise by

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Gauging Gilt’s impact, Chanel to finally sell online, Herrera holds hope for luxury, Andam prize grows, LFW preview

Christian Louboutin, Picture Hanna Whitaker | Source: NY Magazine

What’s a Dress Worth? (NY Magazine) “The online retailer Gilt Groupe offers a great deal: Buy designer clothes at deep discounts. But is it good or bad for fashion?” Chanel to sell goods online (Marketing) “Chanel is to begin selling products directly through its website later this year in a landmark decision likely to be followed by rival luxury brands.” Carolina Herrera Sees Signs of Life in Luxury (WSJ)

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Cyber Monday success, UK clothing sales drop, Haute Couture’s future, Lynch for Dior, Vente-Privée and Gilt Groupe

www.vente-privee.com | Source: Vente-Privée

Cyber Monday: busiest online shopping day ever (Telegraph) “In recent years the first Monday of December has become the busiest day for online shopping, with consumers scouting for the best deals over the weekend before making their decision on the Monday. Between the hours of 1pm and 2pm alone, Brits spent a combined total of £33 million, a year-on-year increase of 21 percent.” Clothing sales hit in November (Drapers)

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Italian slump, Valentino endures, Luxury’s brighter future, Gilt Groupe’s Jetsetter, +J launches at Uniqlo

Missoni A/W 2010 ad campaign | Source: Missoni

Italy’s Fashion Houses See No Early Recovery From Sales Slump (Bloomberg) “Italy’s fashion industry will take years to recover after the biggest sales decline in at least two decades, according to the country’s designers, who criticized the government for not doing enough to assist them.” Valentino Owners Say Company Will Survive Recession (New York Times) “The finances of the Valentino fashion house will

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Barneys and Holt Renfrew rumours persist, Discount sites boom, Net-a-Porter goes mobile, Jay-Z’s Rocawear

Jak & Jil window at Holt Renfrew, Toronto

Holt Renfrew owner rumoured to be eyeing Barneys New York (National Post) “Barneys, an 86-year-old luxury retailer which has famously catered to a broad and often eclectic range of needs of high-end consumers, would fit well within Mr. Weston’s portfolio and extend his buying power for his other luxury goods chains, including Holts, Selfridges in Britain and Brown Thomas in Ireland, analysts say.” When cheap is

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